Bowie Hospital

Wichita Falls, TX

#1 May 31, 2014
Hello- My name is Shelly Barnes
I'll be vulnerable and put my name out there....

I have lived in Bowie for only a few years, but my family has a long history in this town, and while I may not have always been a part of it, that does not mean I cannot strive to make change. That being said, I am concerned about the running joke "...if you want to live, don't go to Bowie hospital..."

I'm entering my second year of graduate school in Anthropology and Public Health and want to explore why people feel this way...

My hope is that by gaining a better understanding as to how the community here in Bowie negotiates their trust in the local healthcare system, that I can bring that voice to those in our community, as well as to help our hospital in an effort to improve the healthcare systems offered, this will certainly work to address the positives as well as to address where that system maybe lacking.

I appreciate all responses from those working within the system, patients, and family members of patients, or anyone else who has a voice on the matter.... this is only intended to gather public opinion, and nothing more...given the anonymity of this forum I hope that people will feel free to give me a better understanding of their perceptions regarding our local healthcare system. Based on the feedback I may want to explore this issue further with not only the hospital, but perhaps city officials, but for now I am just trying to get a feel as to whether or not my fellow citizens are concerned...

Please share your experiences,....

Bowie, TX

#2 Jun 1, 2014
First of all there is nothing wrong with the Bowie Hospital.

Second, City officials do not have a say so in the hospital. They do not provide any financial help with the hospital.

No I am not concerned with the hospital. They do a great job.
In The Know

United States

#3 Jun 2, 2014
Bowie, Texas, Code of Ordinances >> - CHARTER >>


Sec. 1.1201 Creation, Name

It is to the best interest of the city and its inhabitants to create a hospital authority, to be comprised of the territory included within the boundaries of the city. Such hospital authority is hereby created and the same shall be a body politic and corporate under the name of Bowie Hospital Authority, which is hereby designated as the name by which such authority shall be known.

(Ord. No. 1050, Sec. 1, adopted 1-28-63)

City officials DO have a say in the hospital. City elected officials appoint the Hospital Board of Directors.

Sec. 1.1202 Board of Directors

The hospital authority shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of seven (7) members. Each director shall, unless other provision is made in the bond resolution or indenture in connection with the issuance of bonds as provided in the Hospital Authority Act, serve for a term of two (2) years and until their successors have been appointed by the city council and have duly qualified. Each of the directors shall qualify by executing oath of office required of appointed officials of the state.

(Ord. No. 1050, Sec. 2, adopted 1-28-63)

State constitution reference—Official oath, Art. XVI, 1.

State law reference— Hospital Authority Act, V.T.C.A., Health & Safety Code, Sec. 262.001 et seq.

Wichita Falls, TX

#4 Jun 3, 2014
We don't go to the bowie hospital because they don't give 2 rats ass's abt the ppl we bring in there. After 2 days of being in the hospital my grandmother came home with a stage 4 decubides ulcer...... How does that happen in 2 days??? I have also known of several ppl who have went in for a mild case of phnemonia and came out in a coroners bag. So Valeria Evans tell me again how great that chief of the hospital husband of yours is????? Watched him do rounds the other day and he didn't even really talk to the pt's he just meandored around, he was only there because he HAS to, not because he WANTS too.

Mannford, OK

#5 Jun 3, 2014
My issue is not based on the Bowie hospital in general but with ER services and limits on ambulance services which I'm sure fall into some other meaningless category. Ambulance services are totally restricted to the Bowie hospital which in some cases a waste of time. I don't go to the ER anymore because some of the staff don't give a rat's ass what is wrong with you. From the docs and nurses there you are treated like a drug addict seeking narcotics but some of us have chronic pain issues that are legitimate and that will never change. But you're "red flagged" as drug seeking and given 5 minutes of their time and 2 Tylenol. But they will sure bill my insurance company for every breath I take while I'm there. No matter how I'm treated they're going to get paid like you are a real human! I love my primary care doctor and happy with his treatment in the hospital and his office but when you come thru the ER you don't get a choice. That is why I CHOOSE to go to Decatur ER. they are human too.

United States

#6 Jun 4, 2014
My last trip to the Bowie ER was not a good one and it was this year. The ER was dirty, floors needed sweeping and they offered no blanket on a cold day. They changed shifts while I was there and the first doctor said I was fine, the second doctor was being rude thinking I was fine and taking up her time (my opinion). The nurse said I was interrupting her nap time. I felt they didn't care why I was there and I haven't been to an ER in 30 years.
My BP shot up from anger and this triggered the doctor to say I had a BP problem. I won't go back to Bowie ER unless this new change with United Regional makes changes in the doctors and nurses on duty.
dumb and dumber

Rio Vista, TX

#8 Jun 6, 2014
I'd be pissed too if it was cold and I didn't get a blankie

Irving, TX

#9 Jun 7, 2014
You people are cry babies. Half there clients consist drug seekers. You must be one or they thought you were one. The guy with bp problem if you knew the problem then you didnt need er services. Every last person that is complaining is a system abuser more than likely. And as far as ambulance transporting to other facilities guidelines on payment frown upon passing a perfectly good hospital to go to another further away. So you live in a rural area if you want different services....move.
beentheredonetha t

Brighton, MI

#10 Jun 7, 2014
As a nurse that worked at this hospital for many years I will tell you the main problem with it, most of the people that work there do not care one iota about the patients. It is just a job for them. I would not go to the ER, they are jaded and could care less if you live or die. I have seen patients come into the ER with heart issues and be told to have a set in the waiting room and they will be seen in the order in which they came in. There is no triage. There are some people who work there that do care, but are out numbered by the ones that have worked there most of their lives and could not get a job at a real hospital. Until this hospital starts treating people with respect nothing will change. Wake up and make the changes needed to keep this hospital here.
dumb and dumber

Grandview, TX

#11 Jun 9, 2014
beentheredonethat wrote:
Wake up and make the changes needed to keep this hospital here.
OK.....I'm going to go back to school and learn bout medical stuff so I can change things!

Wichita Falls, TX

#12 Jun 18, 2014
Thanks for the feedback, I feel I might have some things to work with. I'm currently in the process of trying to identify where the problems might be found. I'd love to explore this issue further and thank you for your feedback.

Change is best achieved when it is backed by the community that it affects.

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